Author Archives: Verity Reynolds

About Verity Reynolds

Verity Reynolds is the author of NANTAIS, a study of (mis)communication packaged as a space opera. Buy her a coffee: ko-fi.com/verityreynolds

Why We Need Better Representation in Publishing

I recently gave an interview to Alaina Leary at Bustle on the topic of disability representation within the publishing industry. Alaina’s final published piece is well worth a read. Check it out! My full responses to the questions Alaina sent … Continue reading

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My First Novel is Out, and Here’s How to Get a Copy

It’s here! Here’s how you can get it in the format of your choice: E-books: On Kindle or in epub format. In print: On Amazon or from the publisher. A Note for Most of the World: If you’re not in the U.S. or Canada, … Continue reading

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Good Characters: Who Are They?

Everyone who reads (or watches films) can remember characters that stuck with them: characters we loved, characters we were in love with, characters we wanted to be, characters who terrified us. But what makes them memorable? What makes them good? … Continue reading

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What Freelancing Taught Me About Fiction Writing (and Vice Versa)

If you’ve been reading my writing advice here or on my Patreon, you may wonder: why is my “writing advice” section a mishmash of notes on “creative” writing (fiction, poetry, etc.) and notes on “commercial” writing (copy)? Here’s why: It’s … Continue reading

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How to (Almost But Not Quite) Write a Successful Query Letter

As an established blogger in a relatively niche community, I get the occasional query email from folks who are looking for platforms to publish their writing. Occasionally, these are targeted, thoughtful, and demonstrate that the writer actually read my blog. … Continue reading

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PUNCH THE SUN!: Maximizing Your Future Today

This morning, I taught seven eighth-graders–none of whom had ever touched a flag before–how to drop spin. As everyone in the colorguard world knows (and everyone else can deduce from seeing it done), drop spinning isn’t a World-class skill. In … Continue reading

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Chekov’s Bear Arms, Or “Does the Gun Have to Go Off in Act Three?”

Author Anton Chekhov gave variations on the following writing advice several times during his life: “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, … Continue reading

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